Bronx Hearing Loss Injury
When serious accidents occur such as a car accident or a construction accident, there are injuries that may heal over time, and there are others that change your life forever. Some people who experience hear loss may never recover from their injury. A loss of hearing will make everyday activities such as working and interacting with friend and family members much more challenging. While a loss of hearing can be caused by a medical condition, hearing loss is also sometimes caused by the negligence of another person. For example, trauma to the ear could be caused by an auto accident, a work-related accident, a burn or explosion, or even a dog bite. If you believe you hearing loss is the result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney who will review the details of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.Causes of hearing loss
One cause of a loss of hearing is an injury to the ear or the head. For example, exposure to high-intensity sound can cause permanent damage to the cochlea. This is referred to as acoustic trauma or noise-induced hearing loss. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exposure to 85 decibels of noise for more than eight hours per day can lead to deafness.
Similarly, if you are hit on the head or ear, you can suffer a profound hearing loss. For example, trauma to the ear or the ear canal can cause bleeding and infection which can result in temporary hearing loss. Such trauma can also injure the cochlea, leading to permanent hearing loss. A traumatic blow to the head in a car accident or slip and fall accident can lead to ossicle dislocation, resulting in hearing loss. A head injury can also result in damage to the nerves in the cochlea or to a ruptured eardrum.
Despite rules established by OSHA to reduce the incidence of hearing loss, hearing loss due to workplace conditions is one of the most common workplace injuries. Certain jobs lend themselves more readily to this problem than others, such as loud factories, railroad work, firefighting, construction work or other work that involves heavy machinery, and working at an airport.Pursuing damages
If an accident causes you to lose your ability to hear, you will incur significant medical expenses from medical treatment and assistive technology. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to hold the person's whose negligence resulted in your injury legally accountable. You can file a claim to recover past medical expenses as well as future expenses. For example, you can demand payment for your expenses related to the emergency room, surgery, lab tests, medication, hearing aid, cochlear implant, and assistive technology.
Through a personal injury lawsuit you can also demand compensation for wages you lost while recovering from your injury, as well as the value of other compensation and benefits you missed. If as a result of your loss of hearing you are unable to earn as much money as you otherwise would have, you can demand compensation of that loss as well. Because losing your ability to hear is a physically, emotionally and psychologically painful experience, you may also sue for pain and suffering.
If your hearing loss is work-related you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation provides medical benefits and wage replacement. However, it is important to understand that even if your injury happened at work, you may be entitled to compensation other than workers’ compensation.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that caused a hearing loss, you should contact an experienced attorney who understands the legal issues associated with personal injury cases. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.